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Rhetoric and Public Culture | Faculty

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Professor

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas

Professor Calloway-Thomas received her Ph.D. from Indiana University. She studies and teaches about African American public discourse and intercultural communication. A former Fulbright scholar and Ford postdoctoral fellow, she is currently the president of the Central States Communication Association and book review editor for the Howard Journal of Communication. More...


Robert Ivie, Professor

Robert Ivie

Robert Ivie (Ph.D., Washington State University, 1972) is Professor of Communication & Culture and a faculty member in the American Studies, Cultural Studies, and Myth Studies programs at Indiana University. His two most recent books are Democracy and America's War on Terror (University of Alabama Press, 2005) and Dissent from War (Kumarian Press, 2007). In addition to his previous service as editor of Quarterly Journal of Speech and founding editor of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, he now serves on the editorial boards of Presidential Studies Quarterly, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and other scholarly journals. His public scholarship and teaching focus on issues of rhetoric as a mode of productive critique, with particular emphasis on democratic dissent, the problem of war, and peacebuilding communication. More...

John Lucaites, Professor

John Lucaites

John Louis Lucaites (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1984) is Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture, Department of Communication and Culture and Adjunct Professor of American Studies, Indiana University. He is a 2006-2007 Fellow at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. His most recent book publications include No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy (University of Chicago, 2007, co-authored with Robert Hariman), and Rhetoric, Politics, and Materiality (Peter Lang, in press, co-edited with Barbara Biesecker). Early books include Crafting Equality: America’s Anglo-African Word (University of Chicago, 1993, co-authored with Celeste Michelle Condit) and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse (University of Alabama Press, 1993, co-edited with Carolyn Calloway Thomas). He is also the co-editor (with Celeste Michelle Condit) of Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: A Reader (1999, Guilford Press). His articles have appeared in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and the Journal of American History. He is Senior Editor of the University of Alabama’s book series, “Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique,” and editor for the Quarterly Journal of Speech (2008-2010). He serves on numerous editorial boards. In 2001 he co-hosted national and international conferences on visual rhetoric at the University of Iowa and Indiana University. He is a member of the Hutton Honors College and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on rhetoric and social theory and rhetoric, visuality, and public culture. More...

Phaedra Pezzullo, Associate Professor

Phaedra Pezzullo

Professor Pezzullo (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 2002) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture, as well as an adjunct faculty member of Cultural Studies and American Studies, and a faculty ally of Gender Studies and the Kinsey Institute. In addition to articles and chapters, she has published two books, Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice (University of Alabama, 2007) and Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement, co-edited with Ronald Sandler (MIT Press, 2007). She currently serves on the editorial boards of: Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, the Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Critical Studies in Mass Communication. Pezzullo also is an Advisor to the national Sierra Club's Environmental Justice Committee and a Commissioner for the city of Bloomington's Environmental Commission. She teaches graduate courses on Feminism/Gender Studies & Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorics of Transgression and Resistance, and Environmental Communication & Public Culture. More...

Jon Simons, Associate Professor

Jon Simons

Jon Simons (Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1993) is Associate Professor of Communication and Culture and an adjunct faculty member in Cultural Studies. He graduated in Politics and Modern History at Manchester University, England, where he grew up. He moved to Israel in 1985, where he completed an MA and PhD in Political Science at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He then directed and taught an interdisciplinary graduate program in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham, England (1995-2006). Two edited volumes, From Kant to Lévi-Strass and Contemporary Critical Theorists (both published by Edinburgh University Press, in 2002 and 2004 respectively) reflect that expertise. Trained in political theory, his special interests lay in poststructuralist and feminist theory, and Michel Foucault in particular, about whose work he published Foucault and the Political (Routledge, 1995). His current teaching and research, published in a range of journals and edited volumes, focuses on the connection between democratic politics and popular, mediated aesthetics. A book in progress addresses arguments against the aestheticization of politics common in much critical political and cultural theory. He is also interested in the interdisciplinary study of images (especially political images) as a focus for both teaching and research. He is an editor of the interdisciplinary journal Culture, Theory and Critique and co-editor of the Manchester University Press book series, Reappraising the Political. More...

Robert Terrill, Associate Professor

Robert Terrill

Robert Terrill (Ph.D, Northwestern University, 1996) is Associate Professor in the department of Communication & Culture, and adjunct faculty in the American Studies program, at Indiana University. His book, Malcolm X: Inventing Radical Judgment (Michigan State, 2005), received the Kohrs-Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism. His essays analyzing speeches and films have appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and other journals. He also has contributed essays to anthologies including Rhetoric and Reform in the Progressive Era (Michigan State, 2003) and The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary (Southern Illinois, in press). He has served on the editorial board of several academic journals. He teaches courses in pedagogy and protest, and his current research includes exploring the potential for the art of rhetorical criticism to model civic engagement through entextualized performance. More...

James Andrews, Emeritus Professor

James Andrews

Professor Emeritus of Communication and Culture, American Studies, and Victorian Studies. More...

Cynthia Duquette Smith, Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication and Culture. More...